NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The military aircraft seen circling over Midtown on Tuesday was involved in a Secret Service protective operation, a U.S. government source told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

The C-130 flew low over the city around 4:30 p.m., causing confusion.

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A spokesperson for the Secret Service said the agency does not comment on its protective operations, but the flight was coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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“U.S. military aircraft are currently conducting authorized flights over New York City in coordination with FAA air traffic control,” the FAA said in a statement.

Nancy Silvestri, a spokeswoman for New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, said the agency was not notified that the military aircraft would be flying over Manhattan.

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“We did not have any information about this flyover before it occurred. If we did, we certainly would have issued an alert as is our normal protocol,” she told Silverman.